Biomedical Sciences

Learn the mechanisms of human health and disease from renowned research scientists in outstanding facilities, translating laboratory discoveries into clinical application.

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Bristol is ranked in the UK top ten for Biosciences (Guardian University Guide 2021).

Turn science into medicine

Work with experts to understand the cellular and molecular basis of disease and how discoveries can be translated into life-changing applications.

First-class facilities

Gain practical experience in specialist labs with state-of-the-art Human Patient Simulators and a unique online lab manual.

Biomedical Sciences courses for 2022

Single Honours

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Biomedical Sciences at Bristol

During a critical time for the study of human health and disease, this stimulating degree allows you to gain a firm foundation in a broad variety of subject areas, from biochemistry to virology. You will experience biomedical research first-hand, developing critical and analytical skills.

You will be taught by renowned research scientists and clinicians in outstanding facilities. We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, well-equipped lecture theatres and a specialist library.

We provide you with an environment in which you learn to think like a scientist, developing skills that are highly valued by employers in the field.

We welcome applications from students who are also applying for medicine. For degrees with a more focused approach, view our Cellular and Molecular Medicine courses.

I wanted to be in the scientific world where I could help people. The lab I'm working in is looking at how Parkinson's disease could be cured by a mutation that's been found by one of the team in the lab. Knowing that we are contributing to science is fascinating.

Rhodri, BSc Biomedical Sciences

Career prospects

We offer an excellent foundation for careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or food industries; biomedical research; patent examination; science communication or medicine.

Many of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD or MSc as the first stage of a career in biomedical research. Other graduates find employment in industrial, academic or clinical laboratories or choose to use their transferable and problem-solving skills in non-scientific careers. A significant number of our graduates go on to study medicine.

Course structure

You'll take a broad, common first year including practical lab training and a range of units that introduce you to biochemistry; cell biology; medical microbiology and infectious diseases; pharmacology; and physiology of body systems.

Year two will build on the foundation of year one, with a Recombinant DNA Technology unit and another called Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills, which prepares you for your research project and future employment. You will also choose optional units on one of three pathways which will prepare you for the final year.

In the final year, you will complete an original research project, giving you invaluable experience applying your skills to real-life problems. In addition, you will take optional units chosen from those available on your pathway.

Sample units may include:

  • Cancer Mechanisms and Therapeutics
  • Frontiers in Infectious Diseases
  • Advanced Immunology
  • New Horizons in Medicine
  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders.

Forefront of knowledge

At Bristol, current innovative practices and industry developments enhance our research-informed teaching. 100% of surveyed Biomedical Sciences students agreed that their learning benefitted from modules informed by current research (NSS 2020).

You'll join a close-knit and supportive community. Our staff take pride in being friendly and approachable and will always be available to support you.

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences courses for 2022

Single Honours

At Bristol you will be taught by renowned research scientists and clinicians in outstanding facilities. We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, well-equipped lecture theatres and a specialist library.

Our aim is provide you with an environment in which you learn to think like a scientist, developing critical and analytical skills that are highly valued by employers in the field.

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Bristol?

Our BSc Biomedical Sciences course is flexible. After the common first year, in which you will study units from across the subject, you will choose from a variety of optional units, allowing you to pursue your interests as they develop.

Lectures are at the forefront of knowledge about the mechanisms of human health and disease. Our teaching reflects our research, much of which aims to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical application.

Laboratory sessions underpin learning in the first two years. Online resources, designed at Bristol, help you prepare for practical classes by demonstrating concepts and experiments through animations, videos and pre-lab quizzes.

Tutorials and workshops provide opportunities to improve your communication skills, strengthen teamworking and gain confidence in data handling and interpretation.

Your academic personal tutor will follow your progress and will be available to give you advice and support throughout your time at Bristol.

What kind of student would this course suit?

You will be well suited to this course if you are interested in human health and disease and the biomedical sciences, including biochemistry, cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and virology.

The course will also appeal to you if you enjoy practical laboratory and project work. There are also project opportunities for those who prefer reading and exploring a specific subject in depth or who would like to teach.

We welcome applications from those of you also applying for medicine and those who wish to go on to graduate entry medicine.

How is this course taught and assessed?

First- and second-year units involve lectures, tutorials or workshops, laboratory practical sessions and independent study. There are opportunities for group work and to present a topic in detail.

Assessment occurs throughout the year and includes essays, data-handling exercises, oral presentations in tutorials, laboratory practical write ups, and pre-lab and post-lab unit assessments.

You will also take written exams during the January and May/June exam periods.

The final year includes research project work, which you will write up as a dissertation. You will also take advanced lecture units, which are assessed in final exams.

What are my career prospects?

Many of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD or MSc as the first stage of a career in biomedical research. Other graduates find employment in industrial, academic or clinical laboratories or choose to use their transferable and problem-solving skills in non-scientific careers. A significant number of our graduates go on to study medicine.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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